Senate Commerce Gets An Earful of Rail

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Oct. 21 convened a hearing on the state of the U.S. passenger and freight rail network. Railroad, shipping and union representatives provided testimony, which included the impacts of COVID-19, legislative considerations for surface transportation reauthorization, and Amtrak’s ongoing struggles. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) is Chair of the Committee. Following are highlights from the presenters, with downloadable PDFs of their full written testimony.

IRJ Launches All-In-One Digital Subscription

International Railway Journal (IRJ, part of the Simmons-Boardman Publishing Rail Group with Railway Age and Railway Track & Structures) has launched a new all-in-one digital subscription that gives users unlimited access to the IRJ website, a new Premium News weekly newsletter exclusive to digital subscribers, the digital edition of IRJ magazine, plus access to podcasts and webinars.

‘Underpinning of Distressed Foundations’

“Every now and then, failures of different types of structures are reported in the news,” say Avanish Prasad and Purnima Prasad. “Some of these failures are a result of static and dynamic loading being applied to structures beyond their life cycle. It is imperative that engineers understand the behavior of structures under different types of static and dynamic loading, and analyze a structure undergoing underpinning operations to avoid failures.”